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INA Secondary Newsletter

8 January 2016

Can you support INA?

We need more Work Experience placements!

Do you work in a career that would interest our students? If so please contact us: info@ Year 10 students will complete a work experience placement from Monday 20th June 2016 – Friday 24th June 2016 and we need your help! If you feel you can offer a placement please read the placement guide below and contact Mr Crowther-Green by email: info@ with the title Work Experience. Please provide a work address, brief details of the type of work, potential duties and include a contact name, telephone number and email.

Placement guide

• Employers must have a Health and Safety policy and Public Liability Insurance • Placements should be easily reachable from INA by public transport • Students should not be working in a confined space with a single employer (safeguarding reasons) • Employers offering placements will need to complete an agreement and send details of dress, days, times, tasks and any specific information • Students will complete a project which they will work through during their placement We welcome friends and family of INA students to offer placements to INA students. We want students to broaden their horizons and we want students to be completing a work experience that they could not easily organise themselves. Therefore students cannot complete work experience with family and friends. If you have an questions please contact Mr CrowtherGreen by email:

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Dear Parents and Carers appy New Year! I hope that you have all had a great holiday and are feeling rested after the break.

This week all of the Year 8 students have visited Bedfordshire University to get a taster of university life and to meet undergraduates and higher education staff. They had a great experience and those who they met were extremely impressed by the maturity and curiosity of the INA students. Many thanks to Ms McEvoy for organising the visit. 30 families attended a meeting with Ms Abbott-Jones and the Harkness Champions on Wednesday evening to find out more about the wonderful opportunity for six Year 8 students to attend the Phillips Exeter Summer School in the USA in July-August. A reminder that application forms must be submitted to Ms Abbott-Jones or myself by 18th January. We have recently welcomed a new member, Tamile Ingram, to our team of Lunch Supervisors. She write as follows: “First and foremost I would like to thank the staff and children at Isaac Newton Academy for making me feel very welcomed. A little about me: I’m a creative and determined soul, having worked as a mentor and dance tutor I realised my passion for working with children. Through my first 2 years training as a counsellor I’ve learnt more about empathy towards people from different walks of life. Currently collaborating with my 3 children and my business partner, I’m also designing a clothing line for young people. So, in a nutshell, I believe the next up- -and-coming generation are the ones that could leave a legacy. Knowing that I could have implanted a positive attribute to just one child would give me a great sense of accomplishment.” And lastly, a reminder to parents of Year 10s that we would love to see you at our KS5 information evening on 21st January. This is your chance to shape our sixth form provision.


With best wishes,

achel Macfarlane, rincipal

Student punctuality Could we please remind all students, parents and carers that we expect students to be in their morning line up positions for the register at 8.25am. We have noticed an increase in students arriving to school and trying to access the Southern Access gate and Cricklefield Place gate at 8.25am when they should already be in line up. Going forwards these entrance gates will be locked 2 minutes before line-up time to ensure that students can be in position for registration on time. As always any student arriving to school late will be expected to access the school through main reception, where they will need to sign in and be issued a Friday late detention with their Pastoral Leader. Thank you in advance for your support in ensuring that your child arrives punctually to school every day. Ms Abbott-Jones Lead Pastoral Leader

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INA Wa t c h e s Star Wars!

A troupe of INA students kicked off their Christmas holiday with a trip to see the much anticipated new Star Wars film The Force Awakens. This was an amazing treat for teachers and students alike. Rahul Pattni of 9W was so excited that he jumped out of bed at six in the morning! Ramy Mills of 7S and Rahaman Moorthy of 7I drew the attention of local police officers by arriving in full costume, as Kylo Ren and a Clone Trooper respectively, while Umaymah Sagir of 7S proved beyond doubt that she was the

fiercest Jedi ever to wield a lightsaber. While Ms Rudd was struggling to describe the experience, Rahul helped her out when he declared, “Miss, it was fantastic.”

Save the date! Thursday 21st January 6pm-7pm INA 6th form meeting. All Y10 students, parents and carers are warmly welcomed to find out more about our planning for the 6th form. More details to follow in next weeks newsletter. 4  INA Newsletter

Portion Control

At INA we believe we have a role to play in educating students in healthy eating to support learning and ensuring a balanced diet. We are aware that for many students their lunchtime meal is their main daily meal and therefore it is important that this is a nutritious one. We have a policy where students help themselves to as much or as little as they want. The Academy currently heavily subsidises the catering operation in order to fulfil this vision. We have been aware that some students are taking a disproportionate amount of the main meal item (i.e. the main protein item), some of which is then thrown away. In order to minimise wastage, effectively manage the budget so that the vision continues to be financially viable, and ensure that students have equal access to the menu options and a balance in their diet, we are starting to place portion control on some of the main items within the menu. Students can continue to take as much potato, rice, vegetable, salad and bread as they would like. Students are also only allowed one desert. We continue to strive to deliver a fresh, quality, healthy meal for every student as Isaac Newton Academy daily.


Upcoming fixtures

Equipment for Lessons

11th January • KS3 Badminton Tournament (Home) 13th January • Year 9 Netball vs Chadwell (Home) • Year 7 Basketball vs Loxford (Away) 14th January • Year 7 & 9 Netball vs Oaks Park (Home)

Plea for old football boots and trainers

PE department extraenrichment clubs

After school

Equipment needed for students taking part in Football in P.E lessons: Football boots with rubber moulds and Shin pads.

Please could any students that have out grown their football boots or trainers donate them to the P.E department. As the school is growing we are trying to be able to provide spare kit in all changing rooms to ensure everyone can participate in physical activity


Lunch time








Sports Hall




Table Tennis


Activity Studio


Judo Club


Sports Hall


Yr 9 S+C


Sports Hall

Rugby Club



Yr 10 Football


Knox Field/ MUGA MUGA

Table Tennis


Activity Studio




Yr 8 Basketball JL

Sports Hall

Seated MB Volleyball Football/ TB Cricket Yr 7 Badminton club External

Activity Studio

Girls’ Sports club Bike Club





Football/ Cricket Yr8


Knox Field

MUGA Sports Hall


1st Lunch (Year 10)

2nd Lunch (year 7,8 &9) Boys Handball (Year 8 &9) Basketball club (Year 8&9

Basketball club (BH)

Girls Handball Year 8 & 9 Year 7 Handball Boys and Girls Basketball (Year 7) Girls and Boys

Mon Tues


Handball Club (BH)

Improve your skills! Try something new! Keep fit! Make new friends! Unleash your energy! Increase your chances of getting into a team! INA Newsletter 5

Well done to the following students who are this week’s Mathematicians of the Moment. Please collect a merit from Mr Dukes

This week’s Mathematicians of the Moment Tasnim Towfa  (7W)    

Rahaman Moorthy  (7I)    

Dev Sharma  (8A)  

Taeina Begum  (8A)    

Yaaseen Hussain  (9N)  

Vinay Solanki  (9T)    

Here are the scores to begin the spring term.


















9I 620





















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The Mathematics department would like to encourage all students to enter next week’s Mathematician of the Moment competition. Have a look at the problem below. Answers to be written on a Maths postcard to be placed in the Maths post box no later than 4.10pm on Wednesday 14th January. Good luck and may the best form win!!!

YEAR 7 - PROBLEM OF THE WEEK Thursday 7th January to Thursday 14th January

Answers on a postcard to be handed to Mr Dukes (G42) by Thursday 4.10pm latest!

YEAR 8 - PROBLEM OF THE WEEK Thursday 7th January to Thursday 14th January

How many quadrilaterals are there in this diagram? Answers on a postcard to be handed to Mr Dukes (G42) by Thursday 4.10pm latest!

YEAR 9 - PROBLEM OF THE WEEK Thursday 7th January to Thursday 14th January

Answers on a postcard to be handed to Mr Dukes (G42) by Thursday 4.10pm latest!

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Praise & Recognition

Merits - a change has been made!

Year 7 I S A C N E W T

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Year 8 I S A C N E W T

0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Year 9 I S A C N E W T

0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Year 10 I S A C N E W T

0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Well done to everyone across the year groups that received a bronze or a bronze and silver certificate at the Autumn Awards Assemblies!

Ahmed Al-Khafaji Award (Peer Commendation Award) Ahmed was well known for being kind, for helping others and for being extremely polite. He was also someone known for his hard work and absorption; the idea, therefore, is that the winner should be someone that encapsulated one of these qualities in that week. Year 7: Jasmin Munshi -7T Year 8: Bradley Lard - 8W Year 9: Husna Umarji 9W Year 10: Sam Morrison - 10W Good Deed Feed Ms Wright: Whilst on the university visit Abdi held open the life for two wheelchair users, it was lovely to see and was remarked on by one of the leaders there. Ms Byrne: Husna has done a marvellous job of helping a new student integrate into her form and into Year 9. Jennifer Byrne Year 9 Pastoral Leader, i/c Praise and Recognition 8  INA Newsletter

BRIDGES Mentoring Wednesday 20th January The first BRIDGES mentoring session takes place on Wednesday 20th January from 1:45-4:00pm for KS3 students and 1:45-4:15pm for KS4 students. All students will be given a fifteen minute 1:1 coaching session with their BRIDGES mentor. This is an important opportunity for KS3 students to reflect on how they have developed or strengthened their BRIDGES dispositions, to discuss the dispositions they consider to be their strengths and the ones they need to work on further. Year 10 students will be engaging in a mock interview focusing on their preparedness for GCSEs and work experience and how they are further strengthening their BRIDGES dispositions to achieve success in both. Arrangements All students will complete lessons p1 – 4 (Y10 students will complete lesson 4 as per KS3 timings). Students will leave school at 1.10pm. Students who are eligible for Free School Meals who request lunch in advance (via form tutors) can collect a lunch bag from the student reception as they leave. Students are expected to go directly home and return between 1.45-4.15pm for a fifteen minute 1:1 coaching session with their BRIDGES mentor. Appointment times will be issued to students at the start of next week. Students must attend their session on time. KS3 students must wear full school uniform. KS4 students may wear either school uniform or professional work wear. We are unable to supervise other students as all staff are BRIDGES mentors and will be engaged in mentoring session throughout the afternoon. Parents are not required at the sessions but will be given feedback on how their son or daughter’s BRIDGES skills are progressing later in the year. Please note that enrichment will be cancelled on this day. Jo Spencer Vice Principal

Year 9 Progress meetings

Y9 Progress meeting are calendared for Wednesday 27th January 2016 from 2:30-6:30 All students will complete lessons p1 – 4a (Y10 students will complete lesson 4a as per KS3 timings) P4a will finish for all students at 1:05 Students will return to tutor groups from 1:05-1:15 Students who are eligible for Free School Meals who request lunch in advance (via form tutors) can collect a lunch bag from the KS3 desk area as they leave Tutors will escort students to the KS3 gate at 1:15 where students are expected to go directly home and return between 2:30-6:30 with parents Students are expected to attend with an adult family member in full school uniform The progress meeting will take place in the KS3 Hall The last appointment is 6:25 for a 6:30 finish If you have any questions please contact Mr Crowther-Green 02089116666

Years 7, 8 and 10 Students will receive independent learning from their timetabled lessons for p5 and 6 INA Newsletter 9

January term all through menu 2016

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Year 9 Student Booster Vaccinations – Diphtheria, Tetanus, Polio and Men ACWY – Wednesday 13 January The school nurses will be coming into the school on Wednesday 13 January to give year 9 girls and boys their booster vaccinations for Diphtheria, Tetanus, Polio and Men ACWY. Your child was given a consent form and information regarding the vaccinations they will be given yesterday. Please ask your child for this if they have not passed it to you. Please note that all parents/carers must complete and sign the consent form if you want your child to be vaccinated and ensure that the completed form is given to your child so that they can return it to the KS3 reception by Monday 11 January at the very latest. I also ask that you: · ·

Ensure that your child has breakfast on the morning of the vaccinations Ensure that your child wears a short sleeved school shirt to allow easy access to the upper arm. If they only have long sleeved school shirts, please arrange for them to wear a t-shirt under their normal school shirt.


If your child has an asthma pump, please ask them to bring it with them when they are called to have their vaccination.

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BRIDGES How we build learning power and develop character at Isaac Newton Academy “We build too many walls and not enough bridges.” Isaac Newton The secondary BRIDGES programme commences on Monday 14th September. BRIDGES are habits of mind or learning characteristics that develop a student's character and learning power and enable them to grow into well rounded individuals and resilient learners. On a two weekly cycle throughout the year, Year 7 and 8 students are introduced to one or two new habits of mind or learning characteristics that will permeate throughout the curriculum. This will take place through a range of interactive activities. In addition, the students will experience BRIDGES learning objectives in each and every lesson throughout Isaac Newton Academy. Year 9 BRIDGES lessons will focus on strengthening certain BRIDGES learning characteristics through exploration of PHSE topics and themes. Each fortnight you will find top tips in the newsletter of ways of supporting your child to develop the BRIDGES habits of mind and learning characteristics within the home.

Dear Parents of Y10 students

Reports for Y10 students will be published in early January and have been revised to better support students following GCSE courses. The student’s current progress will be reported in GCSE grades and will include fine grading. A 1 or + after a grade indicates the student is progressing towards the next grade whereas a 3 or – would indicate the grade is not currently secure. See the table below for full details.

The student reports will also feature and attitude to learning for each subject Attitude to Learning Key:

Mr Crowther-Green

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Key Dates for the Spring Term 2015: Secondary Spring Term Monday 4th January - Thursday 24th March Half Term 15th - 19th February INSET days: Monday 4th January and Friday 12th February Monday 11th January Year 9 Options Interviews start Tuesday 12th January Oxbridge Maths Conference for Girls (10 Year 9 & 10 students) Wednesday 13th January Chem Art trip to Oxford for 5 Year 9 students Wednesday 13th January Year 9 DTP and meningitis jabs Thursday 14th January Chem Art trip to Oxford for 5 Year 10 students Thursday 14th January Year 8 Kings College Medics workshop (20 students) Thursday 14th January 6pm Growth Mindset Parent Workshop (Primary & Secondary) Sunday 17th January House Band performing at Ronnie Scott’s Wednesday 20th January Year 9 Science Exam Wednesday 20th January BRIDGES mentoring. No pm lessons for any year group Thursday 21st January KS5 Consultation Evening for all Year 10 students and their parents Friday 22nd January Sport Shirts Day Friday 22nd January Creative Writing Evening Wednesday 27th January Year 9 Progress Meetings (2.30 -6.30pm). Years 7, 8 & 10 studying at home in the afternoon Friday 29th January Year 8 Maths Challenge Saturday 30th January Medicine Saturday Stretch: Cambridge University Monday 8th February Future Engineers Workshop Tuesday 9th February Year 8 Progress Meetings (2.30 -6.30pm). Years 7, 9 & 10 studying at home in the afternoon Friday 12th February INSET Day. School closed to students Friday 26th February Science Live Trip for Year 9s Saturday 27th February Modern Languages and Linguistics Saturday Stretch: Cambridge University Thursday 3rd March Year 10 Progress Meetings (2.30 -6.30pm). Years 7, 8 & 9 studying at home in the afternoon Friday 11th March Guest speaker from Institute of Civil Engineers Monday 14th March Year 7 Progress Meetings (2.30 -6.30pm). Years 8, 9 & 10 studying at home in the afternoon Wednesday 16th March Maths Challenge Finals at Bow School Wednesday 16th March PE Spring Spectacular Friday 18th March Year 9 Maths Challenge Friday 18th March Year 9 Battle of the Bands Saturday 19th March Biology Saturday Stretch: Southampton University Monday 21st March Year 8 Big Band Competition Wednesday 23rd March Spring Concert Thursday 24th March Awards Assemblies. End of Term. Half day.

Summer Term Monday 11th April - Wednesday 20th July Half Term 30th May - 3rd June INSET days: Thursday 23rd and Friday 24th June, Friday 8th July INA Newsletter 15

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